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The D’Addario brothers will return this Autumn with their third Lemon Twigs album, Songs For The General Public” written, recorded and produced by the D’Addario’s at their home studio in Long Island, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and Electric Lady in New York City.

The prodigiously-talented brothers first emerged as The Lemon Twigs in 2016 with their debut LP Do Hollywood, whose show stopping melodies mined from every era of rock quickly earned fans in Elton John, Questlove, and Jack Antonoff.  Go To School, the ambitious 15-track coming-of-age opus, followed in 2018 and solidified the band’s reputation for building grand walls of sound around an audacious concept.

The D’Addario brothers return with their third Lemon Twigs album, written, recorded and produced by the D’Addarios at their home studio in Long Island, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and Electric Lady in New York City. Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario wrote that they would begin work on an additional record “to try and make it up” to fans. The album was originally scheduled for a May 1st release. “It’s with even greater disappointment that we move our record release date to August 21st. They say good things come to those who wait, and even better things come to those who wait longer. And then they tell you not to procrastinate. What kind of sense does that make? To try and make it up to you, we’re hard at work on another record.

“In times of global turmoil, I find it comforting to recall something the late great Abraham Lincoln once said. After that, I like to take a large ice cube out from the freezer and suck on it for a couple of minutes.”

The label just announced this limited translucent red vinyl edition of “Songs For The General Public”, the third album from The Lemon Twigs, out 21st August.

Band Members:
Brian D’Addario,
Michael D’Addario

The 12-track album will also be released on standard black vinyl, while the first 100 vinyl pre-orders made through the 4AD records Store will receive a limited-edition signed print

The Lemon Twigs - Songs For The General Public

The Lemon Twigs have been kicking around for a few years now and have made themselves one of the best knowingly retro bands to watch. Their sound is immediately recognisable yet hard to pinpoint, likely because it draws from a smorgasbord of 70s influences. The touchstone is power pop, but the Twigs throw large dollops of glam and art rock into the mix, as well as a sense of Broadway-style bombast. Their songs often play like mini-symphonies, throwing in various musical styles and sections within the confines of a pop-length number.

With latest singles The One and now Moon released, the Twigs look to be stripping down their sound and focusing on one genre at once. Thankfully they’ve always had a great ear for a tune, so this is no complaint.

Moonis a brilliant rock and roll number driven by harmonica and piano, sounding like the bastard offspring of David Bowie and Billy Joel. With its raucous, singalong chorus and harmonised vocals, this is a bombastic pop rock number that isn’t afraid to wear its cheesy heart on its sleeve.

This is a must if you’re a fan of any and all 70s rock. If this is anything to go by, their latest album Songs for the General Public(Due out August 21st) should be a cult hit.

The Lemon Twigs - Songs For The General Public LP (Opaque Red)

The D’Addario brothers returned in May with their third Lemon Twigs album, “Songs For The General Public“.

Songs For The General Public” was written, recorded and produced by the D’Addarios at their Long Island home studio, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and New York City’s Electric Lady. The first single ‘The One’ is available today, alongside a video directed by Michael Hili featuring Brian and Michael D’Addario on the campaign trail for ‘the one’.

Receiving the seal of approval from the king of kitsch himself, Elton John, with their debut album “Do Hollywood” in 2016, The Lemon Twigs, made up of Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, are no strangers when it comes to pomp. 

Their outlandish combination of baroque rock, power pop and glam calls to mind the theatrical eccentricity of Queen, most notably on 2018’s “Go To School”, a concept album about a musical chimpanzee called Shane who’s raised as a human boy. 2020’s “Songs For The General Public” plays with vintage swirling synths, campy melodies and operatic harmonies that salute the peculiar jauntiness of Supertramp and Alice Cooper.

The 12-track album released on 1st May digitally and on CD, limited translucent red vinyl (only available via indie stores and the 4AD Store) and standard black vinyl.

Released August 21st, 2020

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The Lemon Twigs have shared a new song called ‘Moon’ – from upcoming album ‘Songs For The General Public’ to be released August 21st .The Long Island duo, brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, announced their upcoming third album ‘Songs For The General Public’ in March. Initially set for release on May 1st via 4AD Records.

Following on from their previous single ‘The One’, The Lemon Twigs the classic-sounding ‘Moon’. Opening with harmonica, the four-minute cut contains hints of Bruce Springsteen and features euphoric bursts of saxophone. Meanwhile, the D’Addarios Brothers shared a surprise live album to raise money for-charity Titled ‘LIVE’, the collection was made available exclusively to stream and download on Bandcamp site.

“I have always found it difficult to wrangle my imagination into one idea,” says Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs. “But at times I’ve felt like it’s necessary, because if Brian and I really let loose, our tastes are so broad that our music will be unidentifiable.”

Indeed, it’s almost frightening to consider what might happen if Michael and his older brother Brian ever “really let loose,” given that The Lemon Twigs’ first two albums (2016’s Do Hollywood and 2018’s Go to School) were both loaded to bursting with freakishly encyclopedic arrays of classic ’70s pop moves and theatrical flourishes. “Songs for the General Public”, the duo’s forthcoming third album, is possibly even broader in its musical scope—“Moon,” their latest single, could have fit comfortably on Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell, while “Hell on Wheels” sounds like Mott the Hoople with Ian Hunter really laying into a Bob Dylan imitation, “Live in Favour of Tomorrow” could be a Move outtake, and “Leather Together” is a delightfully sleazy blast of lo-fi glam-punk—yet the songs are also more immediate and accessible than anything they’ve done before.

“We had so many songs,” says Brian, who shares a home studio with his brother at their parents’ house in Long Island, New York. “I think we worked on sixty songs here at the house, and I think they’re all eventually going to come out on various records. But at some point, we realized, ‘OK, we need to focus this in some way.’ We knew we wanted this one to have the most ‘instant’ songs, musically, and the most direct songs, lyrically.”

With the D’Addarios handling the bulk of the vocal, instrumental, mixing and production duties, Songs for the General Public was further buffed and refined at Sonora Recorders in LA (where Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado contributed additional production) and New York’s Electric Lady Studios. Originally due out this month, the album’s release was pushed back to August 21st because of the COVID-19 pandemic; rather than fret about this change in plans, the D’Addarios simply used their unexpected downtime to release The Lemon Twigs LIVE on Bandcamp, with all proceeds benefiting Coalition for the Homeless. Recorded during the Go to School tour, LIVE captures a rawer, wilder side of The Lemon Twigs, proving that they are far more than just studio-bound pop wizards. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

‘Moon’ by The Lemon Twigs from upcoming album ‘Songs For The General Public’, released August 21st.

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The Lemon Twigs return with their third album,“Songs For The General Public”on 1st May! First single ‘The One’ is available, alongside a hilarious video directed by Michael Hili featuring brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario on the campaign trail for ‘The One’ that could easily have been the opening credits for a mid-70’s off beat comedy series.

The Lemon Twigs arrived in 2016 with their debut LP “Do Hollywood” which featured melodies mined from every era of rock and quickly earned the D’Addario brothers fans in Elton John, Questlove, and Jack Antonoff.  Sophomore album “Go To School”, was an ambitious 15-track coming-of-age opus, followed in 2018 and solidified the band’s reputation for building grand walls of sound around an audacious concept.

Sam France of Foxygen writes, “The Twigs are legends – teen sensations, k pop stars, Brother Lovers, Twiggy Cola Lite. Their songs exist as cultural freebase. Cocaine, water, baking soda, and DNA. (o.k. )
While the White Smile Face People appoint Garage Girl, Digital Bass Face or Shitbag Boy as the new FreakoftheWeek, the Twigs have lived 26 cat lives from here to japan making real life bonafide Humans rejoice in the pagan art of Magick Pop Freebase. There are millions of fans, You see; the twigz are more Popular than You, they are Greater than Your Favourite Band, they are a phenomenon.” (not sure what Sam France was on when writing this, but I’d like some although the sentiment is definitely right – ed)

Band Members
Brian D’Addario,Michael D’Addario

‘The One’ by The Lemon Twigs from upcoming album ‘Songs For The General Public’, released May 1st